3 Year Record High Rates!


November Rates for Truckload Break a 3 year record high with an 18 month streak since June 2014!


The North American Freight Index showed the availability is 39% lower in truckloads. That means Vans & Flatbeds prices are all up with Reefer costs holding strong & steady..


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  • We use our GGI (God Given Intelligence) before rating our customers. 
  • We cross reference several markets which we pay heavy fees to be a member with to develop the best price for our customers.
  • We study resources like Inbound Logistics for logistics and supply chain articles for news and tools to prepare for the long haul!

Several large carriers like Estes & YRC Freight are opening up opportunities across the Americas. We currently have a competitive advantage as more lanes open up going into Mexico & Canada markets.

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Predictions for La NiƱa - upcoming snowy weather can cause delays and a spike in rates in the shipping industry - be prepared. 

Rounding out the Thomas four by four this week is the category of transportation brokers, also referred to as freight brokers. According to Keith Biondo of Inbound Logistics- a Thomas publication - there are 3 factors helping drive the upward trend in sourcing for transportation brokers.
  1. Hours of Service regulations, or HoS, are limiting the amount of time truck drivers are allowed to spend on the road safely. 
  2. The government's ELD Mandate, or the Electronic Logging Device mandate, will fo into effect this December, and depending on which carrier you ask, this will reduce logged miles for drivers by approximately 5-10%. 
  3. Indicators are that the economy is expected to grow in 2018, which will increase demand for freight services - a demand will grow while factors such as Hos end ELD shrink capacity. Clearly, it looks like shippers that need to move freight are trying to get their ducks in a row for 2018 right now.


ELD Mandate shows only 3/4 of all small fleets are ELD Compliant - this means nearly 1 quarter of small fleet trucks are missing in the upcoming market which can affect rating and booking times.

November Rates for Truckload Break a 3 year record high with an 18 month streak since June 2014! The North American Freight Index...

ELD Mandate - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The ELD is basically an electronic logging device — used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper logbook some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. This mandate was introduced in December 2015, then implemented in December 2017 and all drivers must comply by December 18, 2019.



Despite the protests from California to Florida, recent studies have proven that many drivers who have implemented the ELDs say they will never return to paper logging. 

Are truckers planning to quit & sell their rigs? 


“If there’s a race to the exit, there’s no evidence of it,” said Ken Harper, director of marketing for the load board and freight-rate aggregator.

DAT survey results were a bag of mixed nuts at its annual user meeting in Portland, Ore. The information was compiled from three separate surveys DAT conducted during the summer and early fall 2017 with 1,000 owner-operators and carriers with fleets of up to 250 trucks on its mailing list. 

The same goes for our willingness for CHANGE.  Truckers’ willingness to work under the new mandate varies by age, with drivers 61 and older as likely to say they will quit & leave rather than get an ELD as they are to say they’ll stay in the business, said Peggy Dorf, a DAT market analyst. By contrast, drivers in their 30s to 50s are twice as likely to stay with the industry and already had an ELD, she said. So the younger are proponents of the technological advances and the old, well, let's just say are against change. 


So we broke it all down for you in 3 scenarios:

GOOD - 


  • Reduce time spent on paperwork, reduces paper use, brings logging into the modern age
  • Impossible to be pressured by Employers
  • Better dispatch planning
  • Smart ELDs - the technology syncs with smart phones and tables
  • Drivers do not need to be tethered to their cabs with Smart phone cababilities
  • Modern Maintenance alerts help reduce breakdowns
  • Saves lives due to fatigue related accidents on the roads

BAD -

  • More government regulations are encroaching on privacy of truck drivers
  • Cost - the average cost is $450 - $1000 per unit, so if a fleet has over 200 trucks, you do the math, the cost varies depending on extra bells & whistles
  • Long loading time? Many truckers have complained about long loading times taking away from driving time
  • Since this technology is still new, the bugs and glitches are in the works, frustrating usage altogether
  • If many truckers do leave the market this could affect capacity and prices for consumers

UGLY -

  • Truck drivers feel the need to drive faster to make up for time spent required resting
  • Research from 2011-2014 comparing trucks with ELDs and trucks without ELDs showing no significant change in fatigue related accident statistics. So the worst case scenario is that the implementation of the ELD Mandate changes nothing.

Matt. M asked Trucker Terry, moving a recent truckload for Go123 Logistics, his thoughts about his newly installed ELD. "After driving to the pick up and having a 5 hour load time, I couldn't go anywhere and had to sit in the parking lot overnight, forcing me to drive higher speeds than I normally do to make up for lost time."  he went on to say, "If they don't get the technological glitches fixed by the end of January, I am gonna sell my rig and get out of the business."

So we have laid it all out for you, the good, the bad and the ugly. The ELD Mandate combined with a Fleet Management System can propel trucking into 21st Century technology. A recent article proves that technology benefits the industry overall and saves lives. These fleet management systems (FMS) offer more comprehensive features (which deliver more significant benefits), allowing fleets to further slash costs and make life easier for drivers, including:

  1. Decreased Fuel Costs: By monitoring excessive truck idle times or speeding events, fleets can build incentive programs for truck drivers that help increase fuel efficiency.
  2. Reduced Truck Downtime: Fleet management system users can see reduced vehicle downtimes of 15% and improved vehicle utilization of 13%, according to studies by the Aberdeen Group.
  3. Lowered Total Crash Rates: Based on data from the Center for Truck and Bus Safety of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers using E-Logs had a significantly lower total crash rate (a 11.7% reduction) and a significantly lower preventable crash rate (a 5.1% reduction) than trucks not equipped with electronic driver logs.
  4. Simplified Regulatory Compliance: While complying with the ELD mandate, other regulations can also be easily satisfied, including Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports and IFTA.


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Shipping Market Update & ELD Mandate



Van, Flatbed & Reefer loads are up 64% this week and month over last month. There are also 96% more loads this year this month compared to last year this month according to DAT. This creates a spike in the industry regarding supply and demand for truckloads across the USA. 

LTL - It is December, so if you need a shipment within a certain time frame, order GUARANTEED DELIVERY. This is an extra service charge offered by the carriers and is especially important this time of year due to increased traffic in the regional terminals. ETAs are slower in December and if you need it there by a certain date, order GUARANTEED SERVICE. 

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ELD Mandate - The Electronic Logging Device will go into effect this December and many truckers are expected to protest this new technology. Some truckers might not want to upgrade their rigs with this technology, so we might see another rate spike due to plain old supply & demand. 

What is the ELD Mandate? Every trucker is required by law to take a 34 hour weekend reset every 5 days. They can take more of a break, but not less. The ELD is the device installed directly to the engine of any truck over 10,000 lbs and newer than 2000. For more information, read our article: ELD Mandate - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly or visit The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  

December 22nd - January 1st are typically a very slow time in this business. Guaranteed Services are necessary to move your freight if at all. 

Van, Flatbed & Reefer loads are up 64% this week and month over last month. There are also 96% more loads this year this month co...

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Reefers Hit a 3-year Hight and Vans to follow. Flatbeds have held steady. The West coast is cranking right now for all kinds of freight. NW & SW are up $1 per mile and IntraCalifornia is almost $.50 up from last year. TX rates are up as well. LA to Dallas held steady.

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Last quarter is showing steady annual gains in brokered 3PL shipments. Not only can the customer get better rates, it is combined with our superior services.

FEDEX is buying 100 new flying delivery trucks. They are buying 50 trucks initially adding roughly 1 per month for 4 years and holds options for 50 more. This is to support our accumulative nature and to be competitive to the Amazon drone market which is taking on more of the delivery availability in the market.

Reefers Hit a 3-year Hight and Vans to follow. Flatbeds have held steady. The West coast is cranking right now for all kinds of fre...